The Hillcrest Forest neighborhood rated "Best in the Park Cities & North Dallas Area" by the Dallas Morning News
Encompassing over 1,700 homes in North Dallas
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And if you live south of Forest Lane, east of Hillcrest Road, be sure to add a membership for the
5 Star private patrol service.
All memberships are through 12/31/24
Dallas bans Short Term Rentals
In recent months, our Hillcrest Forest board has urged the Dallas City Council and our own Council member, Jaynie Schultz, to prohibit Short Term Rentals (STRs) of less than 30 days in Single Family-zoned neighborhoods.
On June 14, the City Council did that. STRs will only be allowed in apartments and some commercial areas. This is a big win for Dallas neighborhoods and will help preserve our quality of life. Read the detailed news report here.
Since then, several STR owners, backed by the STR industry, have filed a lawsuit against the City of Dallas, to block the new law. It is in court now.
If you drive west on Willow Lane from Hillcrest Road, you will immediately notice a small park outside the wall of Gateway Church. It has many trees, paved walking paths, and even a large pond. It is owned by Gateway Church but it is open to the public.
This pocket park was part of the 2004 zoning agreement between the original Hillcrest Church and the surrounding neighbors. The park has declined over the years, and Hillcrest Forest has approached Gateway Church about making improvements. Gateway was very supportive, and they are working on plans to upgrade and restore the park. It is a big-ticket expense and they say that it will be done in phases, starting in 2024. Details to follow!
Gateway Church Park
Kramer Elementary expansion
Our neighborhood public school will soon have a new wing with 12 new class rooms, to open in the fall of 2025. It will be on the east end of the building (Tunica Drive), where the playground is. The playground will be relocated to the north side of the building, next to the paved basketball area. The playground will still be accessible to the neighborhood after hours and on weekends.
A small administrative area will be added near the front door, and the portable buildings in the rear will finally go away! To see detailed plans, click here.
The Apartments proposed on LBJ between Preston and Hillcrest
Our Association engaged in a 6-month "635 Corridor" study to guide future land uses on the south LBJ service road, from Preston Road to Hillcrest, which is now mostly 2-story offices. Hillcrest Forest residents strongly opposed apartments there, next to their single-family residential.
The study's final recommendation was in line with our request:
Instead, low-density residential, low-rise offices, light retail, and green space that preserves the residential nature of our community.
Our TWO neighborhood Security Patrols
South of Forest Lane, East of Hillcrest Road:
The 5 Star Patrol
A 2/3 reduction in reported crime after it began!
North of Forest Lane:
The Churchill Way Patrol
In both areas, patrols are by uniformed, off-duty Dallas Police officers in Dallas police cars, and by armed, uniformed private security in marked patrol vehicles.
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Click for photos of the Tornado that hit here on October 20, 2019
An estimated 20+ homes were destroyed, and dozens more damaged.
Thankfully, no one was injured or killed.
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Bruce Wilke, President